Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III: video comparison results will surprise you

The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line phablet at the moment and one of the best phablets money can buy with features like a large 5.7” 1080p display, S Pen support and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, but what is not mentioned that often is the fact that it’s 13-megapixel shooter is capable of recording 4K video. Is this really that big of a deal, though? Photographer Alec Weinstein decided to do the ultimate test to see how the Galaxy Note 3 video recording compares to Canon’s top-shelf DSLR, the full-frame 22-megapixel EOS 5D Mark III DSLR, equipped with a SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

And the results might be a shock for you. 

But first, let us say that this is a daylight test (with plentiful sunlight) and the videos have been edited to look close to what the Note III produces. Weinstein adjusted contrast, saturation, sharpening, some color temp tweaks and did some slight exposure tweaks to the Mark III footage. Also, since small-sensor cameras like the one in the Note III do pump up shutter speeds, the same was done for the Mark III. On the Mark III, footage was recorded at 1080p, while on the Note 3 it was downsized to 1080p from 4K.

We won’t spoil it with any comments, but we’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the difference in the video footage between the two. Do you think that in such conditions the Galaxy Note 3 is approaching the quality of a professional-grade camera like the Mark III? And which of the recordings you like better and why?

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Galaxy Note3
  • Display 5.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop


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